I'm of the opinion, that there is a less complicated process at work.
When you confront a person with the facts of reality, on a subject they have little or no substancial knowledge of, a quick mental calculation places you in the minority, and when all external indicators point to the majority view, the need to endure mental and emotional conflict is averted.
"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.
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